Mar 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Marie Newman beats incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois primary

Marie Newman and Rep. Dan Lipinski. Photos: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Marie Newman, a progressive challenger to incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski, won the Democratic primary in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District Tuesday night, AP reports.

Why it matters: Lipinski, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, is the first incumbent Democratic Congress member to lose their seat this year. He was one of two Democrats to sign an amicus brief in January asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek abortions. Newman, who is an abortion-rights advocate, ran on a platform that highlighted their differences.

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Brett Kavanaugh's first big abortion case

Kavanaugh at his swearing-in ceremony in 2018. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Supreme Court this week will wade into its first big abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench.

Why it matters: It will give us the clearest indication yet of just how quickly and aggressively the newly expanded conservative majority is likely to move in curtailing abortion rights.

Rep. Clyburn: DNC should "step in" for Biden after Tuesday's contests

Biden shakes hands with Clyburn on Feb. 26 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for the Democratic National Committee to pave the way for Vice President Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, NPR reports.

What's happening: Biden is the projected winner of the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, the biggest contest of the night, as well as in Mississippi and Missouri. Voters are still casting ballots in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington.

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International Women's Day and the glass ceiling

Data: Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Women running for national and state office may be on track to break the record-setting runs and gains of 2018, as Republicans try to catch up with their Democratic counterparts.

Yes, but: The Super Tuesday results, and Elizabeth Warren's withdrawal, effectively ended any chance that this will be the year a woman wins the presidency. On International Women's Day this weekend, it's worth remembering that the struggle to reach the White House masks a lot of real progress at lower levels.